A Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant is under fire from the Los Angeles Health Department. Reports came in the some of the burrito chain’s workers were sick with diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. Because of these food safety issues, it has been hard for the company to bring in new customers.
Chris Arnold, a spokesman for Chipotle, says that the company did report the illnesses to health officials in the area. Also, that the employees who are sick are not currently working. After an inspection, the restaurant is still open for patrons.
There have been no other illnesses reported from different Chipotle Mexican Grill locations in the area.
The company is looking into what could have caused the sicknesses.
In a statement from the company, they say that they take reports of illnesses sternly. To ensure no other issues arise, the company has implemented more strenuous procedures. Chipotle says that after the inspection from health officials, they are pleased with how the restaurant is being run.
Due to the many food safety scares, the company’s profits have not been as high as usual. During their third-quarter, the Mexican-food chain did not do so well. Steve Ellis, the CEO of Chipotle says that it has been a challenging year for the company.
Since 2015, Chipotle Mexican Grill has bee working hard to bring back their customers. Consumers were avoiding their stores due to an outbreak of E. coli. During the summer of 2017, a Virginia Chipotle had to close their doors temporarily due to patrons falling sick.
In a statement, officials from the company said that the outbreak was due to an employee working while sick. Health officials believe that the employee had norovirus, which is common in food contamination.
On Wednesday, Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. shares went down almost 5 percent coming in at $298.67. The shares are less than half of what they were before the E. coli outbreak of 2015.